Pasco students head back to school
Natalia Rodriguez waits outside Fivay High School in Hudson where buses were picking up students for vocational programs at Marchman Technical Education Center. Times photo / Brendan Fitterer
The wait for school to resume ended Monday morning, as thousands of Pasco County students streamed back to their classes.
It came none too soon for some of the kids.
"It feels pretty good to be back," said Cory Newell, an eighth-grader at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel. "Summer was too long."
Teachers were pleased to get back to the business of education, too.
"I'm glad to have the kids back," said Ana Medder, Fivay High School drama teacher. "The campus has been really quiet."
As children got settled into their classrooms and began setting routines with their teachers, district administrators kept their eyes on the bottom line: How many students are showing up, and where.
Fivay, the county's newest high school, was on track to have 300 more students than projected, principal Angie Stone said, and most classes were running over the state's class size limits. Odessa Elementary, another new school, also was exceeding its expected numbers, principal Teresa Love said.
District plans call for a 20-day period to let enrollments sort out, and then to move teachers from schools that didn't meet projections to those that came in over. "We'll have to balance them out," assistant superintendent David Scanga said. "Until about Day 10, it doesn't really settle down."
Classes start in Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas county schools next week.